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There's Something About 'Matilda'

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda the Musical, based on the beloved children's book by Roald Dahl, is taking London by storm.
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At LAX, TSA Workers Sing Cheer Into Holiday Travel

True to its profession, the Los Angeles Transportation Security Administration Chorus isn't joking. They're actually TSA employees who don Santa hats during the holiday season and perform in the middle of the airport.
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A Homecoming For Rachel Griffiths On Broadway

The Australian actress known in the U.S. for her role on HBO's Six Feet Under returns to her roots as a stage actress in Other Desert Cities. "Theater was where I began," she says.
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Grandma The Clown Is Leaving The Tent

Barry Lubin, better known as the clown named "Grandma," has inhabited that character throughout his 25 years with the Big Apple Circus. Host Scott Simon speaks to Lubin on his Grandma farewell tour.
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Tracing Ballet's Cultural History Over 400 Years

Ballet's history is not just about choreography and technique — it's also a history of nationalization, the changing ways we view the body, shifting gender norms and class struggles. Historian Jennifer Homans chronicles the art form in a cultural history, Apollo's Angels.
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'Once' And Again: A Love Story Gets A Second Life

Once, the 2007 film about a street musician and Czech immigrant who pen songs during an unforgettable week in Dublin, is now an off-Broadway musical. John Tiffany, the acclaimed director of Black Watch, collaborates with Irish playwright Enda Walsh to tell the emotionally charged love story.
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Curtain Could Fall On A Dazzling Arts Center In Spain

The Niemeyer Center for the arts in northern Spain is slated to close on Dec. 15, after barely nine months of operation, because of budget cuts. The fate of the Niemeyer could be an omen for the future, as conservative politicians slash funding for the arts and public projects.
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'Shakespeare On Demand' In Kabul

Tyrus Lemerande's one man show, Shakespeare on Demand has played to packed houses and won rave reviews internationally. Those audiences were filled with coalition troops, international diplomats and others working on a base in Afghanistan, where Lemerande's been deployed for the last six months. Host Scott Simon talks with Lemerande, a Navy Reserve officer and Shakespearian actor.

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